3 quick questions:
#1 for Batpig - I just got a Bic F12 sub and on that forum one of the members said you have/had it. I set the dial to 12 o'clock, phase 0, 5.1 mode. It gave me -12 in channel level so of course I'll turn down the dial and get it so it's not -12 or +12 but I was wondering if you have any tips with the F12 that you would like to share from your experience? I have 2 Polk 60's mains, CS1 Center, 30 rears and a 1611.
#2. For television shows I download (xvid) and hulu/netflix stuff I set the reference level to 10db along when I'm watching DirecTv as the manual says but when you guys do that do you usually set PLII to cinema or music? It seems the back speakers really don't blend in well with 2.0 material that much. However if I play a PS3 game the rear speakers really kick in with 2.0 mode. I don't know if it's because I'm in game mode or what but I thought that was kind of odd. Speaking of game mode, there isn't a lot of information on that. How is that different compared to cinema/music?
#3. If I get a sound card with digital out. I should have no problem plugging the optical cord into the receiver and setting the sound card settings to output and having sound going through it correct? I don't know what setting would produce the sound however in the menu. For those that don't know, the PS3 media server is a life saver as you just plug in an Ethernet cord to the PS3 to your router and you can view all your .mp3's or video files through the AVR including .mkv support which Sony hasn't updated that yet with their firmware for some stupid reason. That program saves me a lot of discs that I would burn as it runs right off of the hard drive.
Once again, thanks for the help all you guys have given me. I'm on page 55 right now bookmarked but will plug through all of it soon and with having the 1611 for 4 months now or so I feel I can help some of you too as I'm always messing around with settings and getting a good feel of all the settings so far.
Edit: Let me throw one more out there. The 1611 of course does 7.1. I can't do back surrounds with my room but only front height. I will eventually get into BR movies but is it worth getting maybe another pair of Monitor 30's and setting it up? Most of my content is 2.0 currently but I'm thinking that might be overkill at this point or would it be worth it?